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We Need to Stop Overhyping Games Like We Did With Kingdom Hearts III

Fans have waited so long for Kingdom Hearts III. The last main entry in the series, Kingdom Hearts II, released 13 years ago so there was a ton of hype being built around the newest game. For over a decade, Square Enix focused on meaningless side games and rereleases as we patiently waited for the true sequel to one of the greatest games of our childhood.

But there are some glaring issues with what I just said, right? There have actually been six major Kingdom Hearts titles since 2006, all of which include major story details that are relevant to the overall story of Kingdom Hearts III and future games in the series. The most recent addition to the main story only released two years ago.

Despite Square’s best effort, a lot of the “spinoff” Kingdom Hearts games did end up getting ignored by a large portion of Kingdom Hearts III players. Because of this, there are a ton of people that are blasting the game for not staying true to the franchise or for simply coming up short of expectations.

Okay, so a minority of players that haven’t kept up over the years are feeling left behind. Surely the people that followed along love the game, right? Unfortunately, the reception has been mixed. A good portion of diehard Kingdom Hearts fans have all brought up a similar feeling of disappointment after the game released.

So is the game just bad? I don’t think so. Kingdom Hearts III released to critical acclaim like almost every other entry in the series. As a fan of the series, I had a fantastic time.

So what is it about this one that didn’t sit so well with other people? Well, even those that have been with the series for every game have waited seven years for a full-sized Kingdom Hearts experience. With that kind of a wait time, some people are bound to set high expectations.

I think everyone had their own idea of what Kingdom Hearts III would be. Because of this and the long development cycle, a lot of hype was built up around everyone’s hopes rather than what we were being shown and told. I think that’s a horrible mistake to make as a community.

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve undoubtedly seen that I’m upset with the Kingdom Hearts community, especially when it comes to people complaining about elements of the series that have basically become staples by this point. Things like awkward dialogue and the unimportance of Disney stories are valid complaints to have about Kingdom Hearts, but it’s insane to imply the other games handled it any better.

At that point, one thing became clear: Kingdom Hearts II is beloved by many gamers who have spent the last decade turning it inside out. For many, it’s their favorite game ever and I think these people were hoping to find a similar feeling with Kingdom Hearts III. It’s great to want that, but I don’t think we should expect that as fans.

Kingdom Hearts has been evolving as a series since 2006. Many new gameplay systems and story elements have been introduced since then, so I think it’s a little unrealistic to want Kingdom Hearts III to return to something that feels like you’re stepping right back into the last decade.

Let’s think of an alternate scenario for a moment. What if Kingdom Hearts III was nearly identical to Kingdom Hearts II? The game would have opened with 0.2, make you spend about one hour in each Disney world, send you to an original world where Final Fantasy characters interacted with you as five hours of exposition get dumped on you, spend another half hour in Disney world with some filler to get you to the proper level for the final fight, and then the game would have dumped the last five hours of plot on you.

Let’s say this game has snappier combat, dual wielding keyblades, and you can fight Sephiroth as an extra boss. What would people say about it? Would you enjoy it more? This game works pretty much exactly like Kingdom Hearts II but with all the worlds and story of III. Honestly, I think it would have been hated just as much.

You might think that’s crazy because that’s what everyone wanted, right? I don’t think that would go over well. Do you all remember what everyone said about The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess when it came out? People loved it. The game is very similar to Ocarina of Time but pumps everything up to 11.

But how is Twilight Princess remembered now? It’s not a bad game, but it’s often referred to as a clone of Ocarina of Time. It’s criticized for playing it safe and sticking to an old formula. Which game is remembered more fondly? I would argue Ocarina of Time is favored over Twilight Princess despite the latter doing most of the same things but arguably better.

So just like Twilight Princess shouldn’t have tried to chase after Ocarina of Time‘s nostalgia, I’m glad Kingdom Hearts III didn’t just rehash the same elements of Kingdom Hearts II. Does that mean it will be remembered more? That’s yet to be seen and it’s honestly hard to tell.

But if we keep using the Zelda analogy, I think I may have a theory. After the release of Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask, fans were waiting patiently for an amazing, realistic Zelda game for the Nintendo GameCube. We all know what came next.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was released to positive critical reception, but the fans were not having any of it. The visual style was too different, and the game was just way too different than Ocarina. Now let’s think about how Wind Waker holds up to Twilight Princess in 2019. I would argue more fans like Wind Waker now.

Again, I’m not sure how Kingdom Hearts III will be viewed in ten years. But I hope my explanations and analogies helped you see that overhyping a game can be dangerous. If you expect too much of one thing and get a surprise like Wind Waker, you’ll just end up having a bad time. If you ask too much for the same, you’ll get an underwhelming experience that feels like more of the same, much like Twilight Princess.

So when the next Kingdom Hearts is inevitably announced, don’t expect it to be like any of the other games before it. That way you can look at it as its own thing. It’s much better to be excited or disappointed about a game for what it is rather than what it is not.

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Mario Won’t Be Making A Cameo in Ralph Breaks the Internet

Wreck-It Ralph is a treasured movie for Disney fans and gamers alike. Its portrayal of a video game villain saving the day with the help of a kart racing character is one for the history books, and it didn’t hurt to see a couple of familiar faces along the way. Packed with cameos and references to iconic video characters, we saw big names like Sonic the Hedgehog, Ryu from Street Fighter, and numerous arcade classics make appearances, but many really wanted to get Mario on the big screen. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen then, and it looks like it won’t happen with the sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, either.

Ralph Breaks the Internet won’t exactly be the video game nostalgia trip we got the first time around. Rather, it seems more or less focused on the apps and mobile games that we use every day. In a recent interview with Inside the Magic, Disney’s story artists shared a couple of things the sequel brings to the table, alongside discussing a couple of ideas that didn’t make the cut. Alas, this last group includes the long-awaited appearance of our favorite plumber.

When discussing possible outtakes for the sequel’s home release, story artist Jason Hand said the following:

“Some of the stuff was that we don’t have rights to certain characters, because we’re working in a world of other people’s media. It’s like, that would have been really funny if we could have Mario [from Nintendo’s Super Mario games] in here doing this part, but it doesn’t end up working out because of that, and it’s fine and the story doesn’t actually end up needing it. But as individual bits, it’s like “That’s a great ‘Saturday Night Live’ bit!” Rich [Moore] and Phil [Johnston, the movie’s co-directors] are pretty much full of those things so it’s an endless amount of great ideas, honestly.” —
Jason Hand

As it turns out, the change in scenery wasn’t the reason for Mario’s lack of screen time. Instead, it seems Nintendo decided to not give Disney the rights to put him in the film, in spite of the fact that Bowser made an appearance in the original film. While it’s a disappointment, I’m still excited for Ralph Breaks the Internet, as the first film would have been just as charming without a pile of cameos. If you’re interested in reading the rest of the interview, check out the link below.

Although Mario is without a doubt the face of the video game industry, he is also one of the most aggressively protected intellectual properties in modern society. We may question Nintendo on their decision to leave him out of a big screen appearance they’ve backed with character cameos in the past, but they surely have their own reasoning. Perhaps it’s to save the value of his intellectual property in the film industry for his own breakout film in the future? It’s all up in the air now, but hopefully we’ll receive clarity as time goes on.

What do you think about Ralph Breaks the Internet? How do you feel about Mario not making an appearance? Go to the comments below to give us your opinions!

Source: Inside the Magic

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A New Kingdom Hearts Collection is Coming to the PlayStation 4 This Month

If there’s one thing Square Enix is good at when it comes to
Kingdom Hearts, it’s releasing compilation packages. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX were first released for the PlayStation 3 in 2013 and 2014, respectively. These were followed by Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue in early 2017 and Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX a few months later, both on the PlayStation 4. Now, Square Enix is releasing one more package before Kingdom Hearts III drops next year.

Launching on October 30th for PlayStation 4, fans and newcomers alike can enjoy
Kingdom Hearts -The Story So Far-. The Story So Far combines the 1.5, 2.5, and 2.8 compilations into one place, giving you access to a whopping nine entries in the Kingdom Hearts universe:

  • KINGDOM HEARTS Re:Chain of Memories
  • KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics)
  • KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep Final MIX
  • KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics)
  • KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD
  • KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth by Sleep –A fragmentary passage–
  • KINGDOM HEARTS χ Back Cover (movie)

This collection may seem redundant, given that all of the games are already available on PlayStation 4, but at only $40, there’s never been a better time to jump into the franchise if you haven’t done so already. Pre-orders are open now at participating retailers.

Source: Square Enix

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New Kingdom Hearts III Trailer Puts a Spotlight on Big Hero 6

Square Enix originally showed concept art of a Kingdom Hearts III level based on Big Hero 6 at the 2015 D23 Expo. Finally, three years later, Square’s showing off footage of the world in a new trailer focusing on Sora’s adventures through the city of San Fransokyo. Additionally, several other features and hints toward the plot as a whole were touched upon.

In the Big Hero 6 level, Sora meets up with the heroes of the titular Disney film. Big Hero 6 is a 2014 Disney animated movie and centers around, aptly, six fledgling superheroes who band together to combat a mysterious, nanobot-controlling villain named Yokai. It’s also the first animated Disney film to be based on a Marvel Comics property, albeit loosely.

Baymax, the pudgy robot who can suit up in an Iron Man-esque suit, is so far the only character to be shown off as a true party member, but Sora, Donald, and Goofy will also be enlisting the help of Hiro, Go Go, Honey Lemon, Wasabi, and Fred. It’s yet to be revealed if their original English voice actors from the film will be returning to voice the characters again. The Big Hero 6 world is a sprawling cityscape based on a fusion of Tokyo, Japan and San Francisco, California. While the city is named San Fransokyo in the movie, it’s unknown if this will be the name of the level based on it.

In addition to showing off the new level, the trailer gives more hints toward the storyline as a whole and shows off the new-and-improved Gummi Ships. The Gummi Ships were a quote-beloved-unquote feature in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II used to traverse between worlds, and it looks like Kingdom Hearts III is significantly upping the customizability of the ships and at least part of the missions involving it.

Kingdom Hearts III will release in Japan on January 25th, 2019, followed by a worldwide release on the 29th. It will be available for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, making it the first Kingdom Hearts game available on a Microsoft console.

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Mario Kart Might Appear In Wreck-It Ralph 2

When Wreck-It Ralph first launched in 2012, it was filled to the brim with references from classic video games, including several Nintendo Easter eggs. Since then, Director Rich Moore has stated that he’d love to give Nintendo a bigger role in the next film, and he’d love to include Mario himself. With the sequel fast approaching, something strange is going on at Epcot’s attraction for the upcoming film.

Visitors to the Wreck-It Ralph 2 section of the Disney World Play Zone at Epcot have noticed a familiar tune. For some reason, the speakers are playing a new, orchestrated remix of the original Super Mario Kart theme. This is a highly unusual change, and it seems to indicate Wreck-It Ralph 2 will feature Mario Kart in some way. Considering the first movie featured a “Sugar Rush” race that seemed to draw inspiration from Nintendo’s famous racing franchise, a more direct reference is certainly possible.

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Nintendo and Disney Launch Nintendo Switch Family Showdown

Nintendo Switch has proven to be an incredibly popular piece of hardware in the roughly year and a half since it debuted, and people are taking notice! Back in June, Disney announced that they were partnering with Nintendo to create a game show focused on the console, and it’s out now. Nintendo Switch Family Showdown pits four families against each other in various Nintendo-themed competitions.

The show turned out to be pretty short, with just five episodes ranging from four to eight minutes each. The competitions included Just Dance, 1-2 Switch, Super Mario Odyssey, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the finale. You can watch them all in the playlist above.

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Kingdom Hearts’ Producer Dreams of Making a Theme Park

In just a few short decades video games have grown from being a niche hobby to a multi-billion dollar industry with a massive impact on pop culture. In recent years this impact has been especially strong in the realm of theme parks with iconic brands like
Assassin’s Creed, Dragon Quest, Nintendo, and Pokémon all being made into attractions or entire theme parks. Could Kingdom Hearts be next on the list?

Square Enix, developers of the popular
Kingdom Hearts franchise (among many other properties), recently convened with their shareholders for their annual meeting. During the Q&A portion of the meeting one of the investors asked about the possibility of Kingdom Hearts attractions at Disney theme parks. Executive Producer Shinji Hashimoto responded with fervent enthusiasm for the idea.

“As a Japanese person, it’s been nothing short of a dream to be able to play something developed by a Japanese creator with Disney, especially the same Disney that owns such properties like Frozen and Star Wars. Since Disney has an increasingly high regard for [Kingdom Hearts], I’d like to reach out to them and discuss this further. Sales inside Disneyland will certainly contribute to the growth of the customer base.”
— Shinji Hashimoto

Hashimoto did not hold back in advocating for what he calls a dream come true. With Kingdom Hearts III reviving a passion for the franchise, is now the right time for a theme park partnership between Square Enix and Disney?

Source: KH Insider

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Disney’s Making a New Show All About Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has been more aggressive with its marketing in recent years, shelling out for commercials like
their Nintendo Switch ad in the 2017 Super Bowl. Today they took that to the next level with the announcement of a partnership with Disney. The two popular entertainment companies will be collaborating on a new TV show this summer, and it’s all about Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Switch Family Showdown will feature four families competing against each other in a variety of Nintendo Switch games. The competitive festivities will include events such as “searching for collectibles in Super Mario Odyssey, competing in head-to-head matchups in Mario Tennis Aces and participating in dance-offs in Just Dance 2018.”

If you’re interested in participating in the show yourself, Nintendo and Disney are now accepting applications from interested families. Families can apply for the contest by submitting an original video, up to one minute in length, explaining why they are the ultimate Nintendo fans. Selected families will win a trip to Los Angeles to meet their favorite Disney Channel stars and compete in the Nintendo Switch Family Showdown for a chance to win even more prizes.

The show will air on both the Disney Channel and Disney XD when it debuts this summer, and it will also be available to stream via the DisneyNOW app.

Source: Business Insider

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Two New Kingdom Hearts III Trailers Reveal a Monsters, Inc. World, Returning Characters, and More

A few weeks ago, some Kingdom Hearts III rumors about a Monsters, Inc. world started popping up. The rumor seemed mostly credible, with screenshots to back it up, but some fans remained skeptical and waited for official word from Disney or Square Enix. Luckily, they didn’t have to wait too long.

D23 is currently going on in Japan, and Disney revealed two brand new trailers for
Kingdom Hearts III. The first confirms the Monsters, Inc. world we had seen previously, along with a better look at the fantastically disgusting monster renditions of Sora, Donald, and Goofy. It also shows off a ton of the flashy gameplay that the series is known for, and the return of Marluxia and Vanitas as villains in the new Organization XIII.

The second trailer focuses on Riku and Mickey as they journey through the Realm of Darkness. Square and Disney also used this trailer as an opportunity to reveal the theme song for the game,
Don’t Think Twice, which is once again sung by the talented Utada Hikaru.

Both trailers are still showing that
Kingdom Hearts III will be released sometime this year. If you’re interested in the game, make sure to check out the trailers below!

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Rumor: Kingdom Hearts III Will Feature a Playable Riku and the Worlds of Fantasia and Monsters, Inc.

We’ve been given a few tidbits of information about Kingdom Hearts III over the years. Most recently, a world based on Toy Story was announced, along with a 2018 release date. However, Square Enix is keeping this title under wraps as much as they can, so rumors have been running rampant.

The first of these rumors comes from a series of screenshots that were discovered on an FTP server which was supposedly being used for communication between Square Enix and an art contractor. These new images show Sora, Donald, and Goofy in a world based on the film
Monsters, Inc. If these screenshots are fake, they’re very well crafted. The three main heroes get a new monster makeover, and you can even spot Mike, Sully, and Boo. Take a look at the screenshots below!

The other bit of unconfirmed information comes from
PlayStation Official Magazine – Australia, which printed a small blurb of information that said Riku would be a playable character and a world based on Fantasia would appear again. This rumor has less proof to back it up and contradicts earlier statements from Tetsuya Nomura, who said the team was trying to incorporate brand new worlds into Kingdom Hearts III.

What do you guys think of these new rumors? Which ones do you think or hope are true? Let us know in the comments below!

Sources: KHInsider (1, 2)

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Even Disney Wants Mother 3 to be Localized

Will we ever get Mother 3 in English?Apparently, someone at Disney is a fan of Earthbound. Last month, they made history by broadcasting the Super Smash Brothers for Wii U Evolution finals on their proprietary channel, Disney XD. This entry into the Smash Bros. series features two characters from the Earthbound series (known as Mother in Japan), as well two unique stages, one exclusive to the 3DS version and one to the Wii U version.

Perhaps this partnership got someone at Disney interested in the Mother/Earthbound series, because now even they are calling for an American release of Mother 3. On July 16, the day of the Smash Bros. finals at Evo, the official Twitter account for D|XP, Disney XD’s gaming block, tweeted a video of Lucas visibly straining with the caption of “Waiting for that Mother 3 localization like.”

Mother 3 was the third entry in the series, and to date has never had an official English release, although fans have translated the game themselves. It was originally planned to be an N64 title, but was moved to the Game Boy Advance and released in Japan 2006. This latest nod to the game comes soon after Adult Swim voiced support for a localization on TV, and several months after Reggie Fils-Aime was asked about Mother 3 fan demand.

Will we ever see another game in the Earthbound/Mother series given an American localization? Does it even matter, given the fan translations out there? Let us know what you think below.

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Kingdom Hearts III Could Feature Multiple Playable Characters

It’s not too unusual to see a Kingdom Hearts game feature multiple playable characters. In fact, half of the games in the series focus on more than one person. However, the main numbered entries in Kingdom Hearts have always followed Sora’s journey. Now in Kingdom Hearts III, Tetsuya Nomura is teasing the revelation of a second playable character.

“So it would be tough to introduce many, multiple playable characters, but there is an intention of adding a playable character aside from Sora. Unfortunately we’re not able to disclose who it is yet, but there will be [another playable character].” — Tetsuya Nomura

Who do you think this playable character will be? Could it be Roxas or Riku, like in previous entries in the series? Could we see Kairi or Lea get some action? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Source: IGN

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Kingdom Hearts III Launches in 2018 and Includes the World of Toy Story

Kingdom Hearts fans, get ready for a journey to infinity and beyond! During today’s D23 Expo, series mastermind Tetsuya Nomura stepped on stage to unveil a brand new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III, this one revealing a brand new world for players to visit: Toy Story. Taking on brand new toy-like forms, Sora, Donald, and Goofy will now be joining forces with Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the Toy Story gang in an all new adventure!

The trailer also revealed the Kingdom Hearts III has been given a release window of 2018, far earlier than previous comments led many of us to fearfully believe. If you want to see all the gameplay, including a brand new Keyblade, more story hints, and some awesome robot-driving action, check it out in the video above!

Are you excited for the brand new Toy Story world? Where else would you like Sora and the gang to visit in their next journey? And how awesome is it that the game is set for next year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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A Gorgeous New Kingdom Hearts III Trailer Shows Off Tons of Combat and Intriguing Story Teases

Square Enix remained rather silent in 2016 about their upcoming game Kingdom Hearts III. While many fans were probably anxiously waiting for E3 2017 for more information about it, a new trailer was actually just revealed during the series’ Orchestra Tour in Los Angeles.

The new trailer only features Japanese audio, but English subtitles are available. The game has come very far with its flashy combat system and a few story details that will pique the curiosity of anybody that played Kingdom Hearts 2.8. The end of the video also promises that a new world and a new trailer will revealed next month at the D23 Expo. For now, you can check out tonight’s video above!

What do you guys think of the new trailer? Were you blown away by all the stuff it holds, or were you expecting more? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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A Fan’s Nintendo-Themed Take on Star Wars: The Force Awakens Concludes with This Awesome Video

James Farr has been creating Nintendo-themed parodies of famous pop culture properties for years, and among his most popular videos are reimaginings of the Star Wars films filled with Nintendo characters and references galore. Today he’s finally come out with Part 2 of “The Triforce Awakens,” his parody of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which wraps up the story of Mario as Han Solo, Daisy as Rey, the Animal Crossing villager as Finn, and many more.

It would be quite the challenge to try to pick out every single Nintendo reference in “The Triforce Awakens,” as per usual for Farr’s parody videos. His work features clever use of references from both universes he combines, including sound effects, different art assets, and loads of puns.

If you missed out on Part 1 of “The Triforce Awakens,” you can check that out right here. Farr has also animated Nintendo-themed versions of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Visit his channel if you are into his Nintendo-verse mash-ups!

What do you think about this conclusion? And what would you like to see Farr take on next? Should he create animated versions of the prequel trilogy and
Rogue One? Let us know in the comments below!

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Capcom is Bringing Back a Wave of Nostalgia With “The Disney Afternoon Collection”

If you’re excited for the upcoming reboot of Disney’s DuckTales cartoon and are looking for some more 80’s nostalgia, then Capcom may have you covered. The company was well known for adapting cartoons from The Disney Afternoon into video games, and some of them are said to be the best NES games of all time. Now, Capcom is giving you another chance to play them with The Disney Afternoon Collection.

The collection will consist of six games: Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, Rescue Rangers 2, Darkwing Duck, TaleSpin, DuckTales, and DuckTales 2. All games will come with new time attack and boss rush game modes. They’ll also feature a rewind feature that allows you to fix a mistake you might have made. The game will even come with additional concept art that gives a behind-the-scenes look of the all these classic titles.

The Disney Afternoon Collection will release in just a little over a month on April 18th. It will be available on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 and will only cost $19.99. You can watch the announcement trailer above!

I’m personally pretty excited to get to play these since they’re a little outside my time. What do you guys think of this? Are you excited to live out some old Disney nostalgia? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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PewDiePie Criticizes the Media for Coverage of His “Death to All Jews” Gaffe

Most people have heard by now that PewDiePie has been dropped from Maker Studios, a Disney-owned brand that is partnered with multiple YouTube channels. The popular personality paid commerce website Fiverr to hold up a sign that read “death to all jews” for the purpose of testing how far the platform would go to fulfill a request. YouTube Red show also dropped the show Scare PewDiePie due to the situation. Now that the news has been floating around for a few days, PewDiePie decided to upload a new video apologizing for the jokes he made, as well as criticizing websites like The Wall Street Journal for falsely claiming that he was anti-Semitic.

“I want to address the biggest issue first, which I think is the whole guys holding up the sign thing. A lot of people loved the video and a lot of people didn’t and it’s almost like two generations of people arguing if this is okay or not. My intention was just to show how stupid the website is and how far you can push it by paying $5. I’m sorry for the words that I used, as I know they offended people, and I admit the joke itself went too far.

“I do strongly believe that you can joke about anything, but I also believe there’s a right way and not the best way to joke about things,” he argued. “I love to push boundaries but I consider myself a ‘rookie comedian.'” — PewDiePie

After apologizing for the video, he then went on to talk about The Wall Street Journal’s article about him, which pointed to nine other videos that supposedly painted the YouTuber as anti-Semitic. He criticized the media outlet for taking clips of his videos out of context to make a good headline:

“I don’t want people to think I can joke about whatever I want. ‘It doesn’t affect me; I’m PewDiePie.’ I understand these things have consequences. This video isn’t me trying to justify that. Here’s the thing, though: they don’t call it ‘jokes,’ they call it ‘posts.’ I made a point that the media takes what I say out of context. They take that, and put it out of context to use against me and portray me as a Nazi. They used another video, where I joke that the YouTube Heroes program is seen basically like a Nazi scheme, where I look at a Hitler speech, and they used that as proof that I’m a Nazi.” — PewDiePie

He goes on to give other examples of videos that were used out of context to put a much more negative spin on the situation. Toward the end of the video, PewDiePie asks the media to cover more serious issues in the world, rather than trying to portray him as a bad person and “celebrating” that his show, which hundreds of people worked on, got cancelled. You can view the video in its entirety above.

What do you guys think? Are you with PewDiePie or the mass media in this situation? Discuss your thoughts in the comments below!

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Disney Just Dropped PewDiePie for Making Anti-Semitic Jokes

PewDiePie has always been known to post goofy and provocative videos on YouTube, but there are some videos that may have gone too far. According to The Wall Street Journal, Maker Studios, a division of Disney, cut their ties with PewDiePie over a video where he paid two men to hold up a sign that said “Death to all Jews.” Maker Studios acknowledges that PewDiePie is known for creating provocative material, but they believe that these latest videos stepped over the line.

“Although Felix has created a following by being provocative and irreverent, he clearly went too far in this case and the resulting videos are inappropriate.”

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The Wall Street Journal reports that PewDiePie had posted nine videos that included anti-Semitic content since August. PewDiePie recently went on Tumblr to address the controversy, expressing his feelings towards the current situation.

“I think it’s important to say something and I want to make one thing clear: I am in no way supporting any kind of hateful attitudes.

“I make videos for my audience. I think of the content that I create as entertainment, and not a place for any serious political commentary. I know my audience understand that and that is why they come to my channel. Though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive.

“As laughable as it is to believe that I might actually endorse these people, to anyone unsure on my standpoint regarding hate-based groups: No, I don’t support these people in any way.”


What are your thoughts on the reasons behind dropping PewDiePie from Maker Studios? Discuss in the comments below!

Source: Wall Street Journal

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After 12 Long Years, They Finally Tipped Club Penguin’s Legendary Iceberg

It may have taken twelve long years, but players in Club Penguin finally tipped the legendary Iceberg. In case you’re unfamiliar, “the Iceberg” is a social space in game that was long-rumored to tip over if all the players gathered to one side. For years this remained purely a rumor, but with Club Penguin finally closing doors in March, a celebration has started to send the game off. This includes tipping the Iceberg, which is now possible and reveals a dance floor and a special message that says:

Together, we can build an island, create a community, change the world . . . even tip an iceberg. Waddle on.”

Are you sad that Club Penguin is moving to mobile with Club Penguin Island? Let us know in the comments!

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2017 Just Got Worse, Because Club Penguin is Shutting Down

After over eleven long years, Club Penguin, the ever-popular children’s MMORPG, will be shutting down permanently in March. In its place, Disney will release Club Penguin Island, an entirely new game for mobile devices. On March 29th, 2017, the desktop and mobile versions of Club Penguin will be discontinued entirely, and as of today, January 31st, no new memberships will be available for purchase.

Needless to say, this news has broken the hearts of the generation of millennials who spent their childhoods playing Club Penguin. As a final sendoff, Disney will be hosting a huge party for all Club Penguin players on February 1st, showing gratitude for the incredible enthusiasm that the Club Penguin community has shown over the last decade.

What do you guys think? Do you have fond memories attached to Club Penguin? Personally, this is the most depressing news that I’ve heard all year. Like millions of other children, I poured thousands of hours into Club Penguin in the mid-2000s, and its death is both heartbreaking and somewhat sobering. Without a doubt, it’s the end of an era.

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